The Note: Mistakes Were Made

USA Today has Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT), who is in a tough race for re-election against Democrat Joe Courtney, saying: "If it is found that any member of Congress or staff willingly participated in a cover-up of Mr. Foley's actions, that individual should resign immediately." LINK

Bloomberg News reports that Courtney, the Democrat running against Rep. Simmons, said he has brought up the "possible cover-up" of Foley's activities "four times at campaign events this weekend as an example of how 'these guys will say and do anything to hold onto power.'" LINK

Sunday's New York Times had Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT), who is in a tough race for re-election against Democrat Diane Farrell, saying that if the House Republican leadership "knew or should have known the extent of the problem" with Foley, "they should not serve in leadership." LINK

After Democrat Patricia Madrid hammered her for the company she "keeps," Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) announced that she will donate to charity $8,000 her re-election campaign received from Foley, according to the Albuquerque Journal reports. LINK

A poll over the weekend showed Wilson and Madrid in a "dead heat." LINK

Exec Board of FL GOP Meets at 1:00 pm Monday Re: Foley:

The 37-member executive board of the Florida Republican Party will hold a 1:00 pm ET closed meeting on Monday, Oct. 2 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel to choose a replacement nominee for Florida's 16th congressional district. The board will then hold a 3:00 pm ET press conference in the same hotel to announce its new nominee.

As ABCNews.com reported Friday, Foley's name will still appear on Florida's already-printed ballots. But votes cast for Foley will be accorded to whomever the executive board of the Florida GOP chooses as its replacement nominee.

The 37-member board of the Florida Republican Party consists of the 11 officers chosen by the 201-member executive committee of the Florida Republican Party as well as the party chair of each of Florida's 25 congressional districts and the chair of the Florida Federation of Young Republicans.

Nineteen members of the executive board must be present at today's meeting in order for the party to have a quorum.

The panel will then vote for a replacement. The Florida Republican Party is circulating resumes from those interested in being the replacement nominee to members of its board at this time. The party is not releasing names of possible replacement nominees because, according to its communications director, the final list is not yet set.

It is unknown at this time whether the individuals interested in being the replacement nominee will give speeches to the board; even if they do, this will occur during the closed press (off-camera) meeting.

A majority of board members voting is needed for someone to become the replacement nominee. If initial voting results in a tie, the board will have a run-off vote among the top two finishers as many times as needed until the board is able to settle on a replacement.

The Florida Republican Party is still hoping that Florida's Republican-leaning 16th congressional district is a "winnable district" for them with "the right candidate" who can "differentiate" himself or herself from Foley.

But make no mistake: having Foley's name on the ballot will make this seat an uphill climb for Republicans.

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